Consider and describe at least two scenarios in situations in which patients are non-English speaking and qualified language interpretation is not provided. What are the key ethical principles to be considered? What are the implications for the patient in each alternative?

For this assignment, read the background information and then learn about Diane Mathis’ experience with non-English-speaking patients.

MODULE OVERVIEW

America has long been a nation of immigrants. Consider where your family originated from; think about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of your friends and colleagues.

California’s “minority” populations became the majority in 1999. Racially and ethnically diverse newcomers arrive in other states that have not historically been thought of as being culturally diverse. This presents challenges and opportunities for health professionals.

In health care management or as a health care provider, you will be responsible for adhering to or implementing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards.

The CLAS standards serve as a guide to quality health care for diverse populations, and many health care organizations are following their guidance. The 14 standards are divided into three sections — Culturally Competent Care, Language Access Services, and Organizational Supports for Cultural Competence. The CLAS Standards are available at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.asp…

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and other accreditation organizations require that health care professionals receive training in delivery of services to diverse populations. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recommended that health care organizations they contract with will demonstrate they provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care.

Read the Intro and the Case Story. Then listen to the Lecture. http://support.mchtraining.net/national_ccce/case2…

Before you begin your paper, review the Critical Thinking Rubric linked below. Refer to it as you develop your paper. It will be used to assess and grade your paper.

In a paper:

  1. Compare and contrast the range of medical language interpretation and describe what is considered “best practice.”
  2. Consider and describe at least two scenarios in situations in which patients are non-English speaking and qualified language interpretation is not provided. What are the key ethical principles to be considered? What are the implications for the patient in each alternative?
  3. How would the scenario relate to your own health profession’s code of ethics? If you are not currently working in health care, you should use the code of ethics for the profession you plan to pursue upon graduation.

ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS

Length: 3 pages

REQUIRED READING

Ascension Health. (2012). Key Ethical Principles. Retrieved January 1, 2013 from http://www.ascensionhealth.org/index.php?option=co…

Office of Minority Health (2007). National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). Retrieved January 1, 2013 from http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.asp…

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